Zozoji Temple | Tokyo, Japan
I arrived at Zozoji temple ahead of schedule. I wanted to peak around the complex before it opened. It was a Sunday and I knew that Zozoji was going to get busy, really busy. Tokyo bustles on weekends and temples and shrines are certainly no exception.
I walked in for a quick look around and noticed that, besides me, there were only four or five people. The lack of humans was an auspicious sign. I meandered a bit, hanging close to the entrance and enjoyed a moment of silence before my clients arrived.
Just past 9:00, I headed back to wait for the Schultz family. The crew popped out of a cab as I was taking a light test against an already blown out sky. I greeted Joyce and Matthew with a hug and gave high fives to Meadow, Hudson and Luca (assisted by her mother).
It seemed only natural to hug Matthew and Joyce instead of with handshakes. I already felt like I knew them from all of the emails we had exchanged. From our conversations I found out that we had a lot in common. We all live in Tokyo, but we shared stomping grounds in America We also have mutual friends from my small Appalachian hometown in east Tennessee. Greeting the Schultz family, I was reminded how small our world actually is.
I listened carefully as Joyce reiterated what she envisioned for the family shoot. She wanted a healthy balance of lifestyle and documentary portraiture. I was happy to hear that the Schultz family wanted a variety in their product.
My objectives were clear and I was determined to get started with our family portrait session right away. So, after a minute or two of pleasantries, we entered Zozoji through the temple's imposing red doors. For the next ninety minutes, we made our way through the temple complex only stopping for bathroom breaks and Rice Krispy treats.
Thank you Joyce, Matt, Meadow, Hudson and Luca for a wonderful morning exploring one of Tokyo's most beautiful landmarks! I can't wait for our next session.
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Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portrait, editorial, and event and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.